The book lists here start at 3. I figure we don’t want to start a child out with twaddle then switch at 3. So what books do you all like for 0-2?
I remember reading aloud to my son as an infant (he was lying in the bean bag) Winnie the Pooh! Also, Mother Goose, Golden Book Collection and other poetry. I also had Jim Wiess’ CDs playing on the radio, along with some other stories on cd and a lot of great music. Yesterday’s Classics has several books for age 4 I think would be great!
Also, the usual suspects of Arnold Lobel and Margeret Brown. That’s all I can remember.
Oh yeah, I just remembered; I also had him listening to Aesop’s Fables and The Children’s Book of Virtues on audio.
Thanks! What music did you select for that age?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See (Bill Martin/Eric Carle) as well as any books Eric Carle did on his own.
Funny you mentioned this tonight. I’m in the middle of working on a list of literature that I want my kids to have read by the time they graduate. It’s a combination of SCM, CharlotteMasonHelp.com, and Honey for a Child’s Heart.
Here’s just some that I put in my list:
Time for Bed
Guess How Much I Love You
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and other Eric Carle books)
Good Night, Moon
Harold and the Purple Crayon
The Little Red Hen
Play with Me
Caps for Sale
Blueberries for Sal
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Classical and Messianic Jewish music. I was very strict. I added in Steve Green’s “Hide’em in your Heart” 2-Vol. set way later and then many Broadway musicals, after age 3. I’m still strict about the development of taste in music. I don’t even want them deveoloping the taste of most modern Christian music, not just the words, but the style matters, too.
The Jim Weiss has great music within his storytelling. Specifically, he listened to “Good NIght”, ” Sweet Dreams”, and “Animal Tales”. Here, too for the Abadaba Alphabet, I starting playing for my dd at 3 when we adopted her.
Great thing about the audio Aesop I bought is that it used Vivaldi as it’s intro and in-between music, so the children recognize it everytime!
To add to all other great suggestions, my children really enjoyed:
Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado
Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
anything by Eric Carle
Nursery Rhymes, Mother Goose, etc.
anything by Beatrix Potter (you can actually get many of her short stories on iBooks on the iPad for free!)
That’s all I can think of right now. It’s been a while since I’ve had a baby at home.
I love the “magazine” baby bug for my younget ones. No ads just short stories and poems. They keep thier attention well and the poems and stories are so cute.
My little guys loved books by Eric Carle and Sandra Boynton the best when they were tiny. “Goodnight, Moon” was a favorite, too, of course, as was “Pat the Bunny.” They are also starting to get into Dr. Seuss (they are 2 and 3 1/2) and especially like “Green Eggs and Ham.”
As for music, we do lots and lots of classical, especially Vivaldi and Bach, mostly because they’re among my favorites, and tend to be cheerful. (I also love Mussorgsky, but some of it is pretty dark and scary for kids!) I do listen to lots of other stuff, too, though — some pop, classic alternative, classic rock, oldies, country, punk, etc. (I have to admit, it warmed the cockles of my once punk-rock heart to see my 2yo dancing to the Descendents!)
Thanks everyone! This is all very great info! Of course I sat down and wrote out my curriculum plan for my DS, got it all settled, sighed of relief, then found out I’m pregnant. Haha. But from this info I wouldn’t have to add much to what I’ve already got (or got planned) for the baby. (I love the sound of that… The baby… Heehee…) Cloth diapers are a different story. Off to research that I suppose. 🙂
Always want to share a recommendation for this cd with anyone who is looking for good music for kids – Bonnie Ridout’s Gimmee Elbow Room
‘Acclaimed American Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout, joined by a children’s chorus and accomplished adult artists, shares playful songs of her childhood in Scotland, nursery rhymes and Robert Louis Stevenson’s children’s poems set to music. Among the beguiling selections are “Wee Willie Winkie,” “Fiddler From Dooney,” “There was a Wee Cooper,” and Stevenson’s poem “From a Railway Carriage,” where the enchanting sights to be seen through the window go by faster and faster as the music vividly speeds the train along. Vocalist Rod Cameron’s spoken word recitations of poems are magic and the melodies and lilting rhythms on fiddle, Celtic harp, pennywhistle, guitar, piano, pipes, bodhran and dulcimer match the joyful spirit of songs and narrative. A 1998 Parents’ Choice® Gold Award.”
Our family loves this cd so much!
oh yes, Gem, that reminds me; since on both sides of our family is Irish ancestry, I included Celtic music and due to our Southern heritage, Bluegrass. As a result, my children appreciate a fairly good range of cultural music.
I hadn’t heard of the one you mention here, but will check it out.
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